Ask a doctor: “Why do my gums bleed after brushing my teeth and what can I do about it?”

If you notice that your gums are bleeding after brushing your teeth, you may also experience other symptoms such as tenderness and swelling.

Oral health is very important – and if your gums are bleeding, you should let your dentist know.

“The gums may appear swollen and become reddish before bleeding gums occur,” said Alice G. Boghosian, DDS, consumer advisor and spokesperson for the American Dental Association. She practices at Hagopian & Boghosian Dentistry in Glenview, Illinois.

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“If you notice blood in the sink when brushing your teeth and it persists for more than two weeks, you should consult your dentist as you may be at risk of gum disease.”

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What causes bleeding gums?

According to medical experts, there are many possible reasons for bleeding gums.

If your gums bleed after brushing your teeth, you should discuss this with your dentist, experts advise. (iStock)

“In some cases, bleeding gums can be a sign of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease,” said Sally J. Cram, DDS, consumer advisor and spokesperson for the American Dental Association. She is a periodontist with a practice in Washington, DC

“Gum disease, also called periodontitis, is an infection of the gums and bones surrounding your teeth and is caused by the buildup of plaque.”

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Symptoms of gum disease in the early stages can include red, swollen and tender gums, and bad breath in addition to easily bleeding gums, she said.

Many women develop bleeding and swollen gums during puberty, pregnancy, menopause, and during their monthly menstrual cycle.

In addition, Dr. Cram that many women develop bleeding and swollen gums during puberty, pregnancy, etc.

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